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GiGi's Playhouse Sugar Land

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MISSION

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center's mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. They offer free therapeutic and educational programming to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Contact GiGi's Playhouse Sugar Land to volunteer, or visit the website to donate or to find out about upcoming fundraisers. With ever-increasing demand to expand its free programs — all designed to help improve participants' speech, literacy, math, wellness and career skills. Fundraising and donations will help children and adults with Down syndrome succeed by greatly improving speech and literacy skills, by combating low muscle tone via wellness programs, and by expanding real-world career skills.

BIG EVENT

The gala is the largest, most important fundraiser of the year for GiGi's Playhouse Sugar Land, and will be centered around celebrating individuals with Down syndrome. The event is a fun-filled evening with a sit-down dinner, open bar, entertainment, wine and whiskey pull, live auction, a raffle, and much more.

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March of Dimes Texas

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March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Every baby deserves the best possible start, but unfortunately not all get one. For 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive. Now they're building on that legacy to level the playing field for all moms and babies, no matter their age, socio-economic background, or demographics. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

More than 3 million volunteers enable the March of Dimes to achieve its goals. Every year, these leaders march more than 5 million miles, speak to tens of thousands of people about the mission, and help raise millions of dollars. From the very earliest days, volunteers have been full partners in the March of Dimes, working to raise funds, heighten awareness, and implement critical programs to help support our mission.

Another way to get involved is to donate here

BIG EVENT

The biggest event that the Dallas chapter of March of Dimes holds is the March for Babies in May. For more information on events in Dallas, click here

People have been walking in the March for Babies since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2.3 billion to benefit all babies. March for Babies San Antonio will have 1-mile and 5K route options, all fully accessible. There's fun for the entire family, including the Super Hero Sprint for children 12 and under. There is no registration fee and no minimum fundraising — every dollar makes a difference.

The Signature Chefs Auction is a high-profile gala that pays tribute to the culinary excellence of San Antonio's prominent chefs, while raising money to improve the health of all moms and babies. Taste the chefs' creations while bidding on the silent auction packages, before taking your seats for the live auction and Fund the Mission.

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Ronald McDonald House Houston

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MISSION

Ronald McDonald House Houston offers a home away from home, providing care, compassion, and hope to families with seriously ill children being treated in Texas Medical Center member institutions. In the last three decades, its vision has grown to include: the Holcombe House, a freestanding, 50-bedroom home for longer term stays; a house inside Texas Children’s Hospital with 20 bedrooms; a house inside Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital with 14 bedrooms; four Family Rooms inside Texas Children’s Hospital; and more.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Over 600 volunteers serve the eight locations throughout the Texas Medical Center, providing love and support to thousands of families each year by baking cookies, greeting families at check-in, hosting meals and activities and so much more. Head here to learn more about volunteering with Ronald McDonald House Houston.

MEMBERSHIP

Friends is a membership organization of dedicated volunteers who offer their time, talents, and resources to coordinate family events and fundraising efforts. Annually, Friends members participate in group meetings, family dinners, birthday parties, and more.

Young Friends is an organization of passionate young professionals who focus on volunteering, fundraising, socializing, networking, and supporting special events. Young Friends bring enthusiasm and fun to all the children who call RMH Houston home. Annually, Young Friends members participate in meetings, family dinners, socials, community fundraising events, and more.

BIG EVENT

RMH Houston's annual Boo Ball is a whimsical gala filled with spooktacular entertainment including auctions, mystery trick or treat bags, and guests suited in black-tie gear or optional Halloween flare. 

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The Parish School

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Since 1983, The Parish School has educated children who have communication delays and learning differences, empowering them with the tools to succeed.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

The Parish School depends on volunteers — whether parents, alumni, high school and college students, or community organizations — for the success of events and programs. There are a number of ways for families and friends to get involved throughout the year. For info, email advancement@parishschool.org or head here.

BIG EVENT

The Giving Voice to Children luncheon is held in the fall.

The 2019 annual gala will be held on on January 25 at The Ballroom at Bayou Place.

The Parish School also offers free adult education sessions that are open to the public, as they believe in nurturing a love of lifelong learning not only in their students, but also in each other and the community. They believe that educating parents is essential to the growth and development of every child. Parents, grandparents, alumni, community members, and professionals are welcome at the daytime and evening sessions (free childcare for ages 2 and up is provided with RSVP for most evening sessions). Please RSVP online here.

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Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance

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Candlelighters provides emotional, educational, and practical support to families who have or had a child with cancer.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can help by volunteering or attending events, signing up to sponsor a family for the holidays, collecting gift cards for families, or making a donation.

BIG EVENT

The signature event held by Candlelighters is the the Margarita Taste Off in March at Kirby Ice House. More than 20 restaurants compete for the title of best margarita in Houston.

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INACTIVE Mission Jade

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Mission Jade fights against the labor trafficking of children in Guatemala by removing barriers to education, providing programs to children in hazardous work sites, and prevention education to indigenous communities. The nonprofit recently supplied 100 children with school supplies and is expanding its program development and outreach in Zone 3 and Chimaltenango.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can become a sponsor. Sponsors will have the chance to meet some of the children that Mission Jade provides aid to by browsing the sponsorship page, where you can get a glimpse of the life of each of the 27 families. These are families that have placed their faith in the nonprofit to help their children.

BIG EVENT

Mission Jade’s annual Art & Wine Walk fundraiser in Houston happens on The Esplanade off Navigation Boulevard. It features local artists, musicians, caterers, and breweries. The fundraiser supports the survivors of labor trafficking in Guatemala and to support the local art community. To learn more, head here

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Wildly popular Nashville hot chicken chain's big Houston cancellation heats up week's top stories

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: It's time to recap the top stories on CultureMap from this past week.

1. Wildly popular Nashville hot chicken chain cancels plans for first Houston location. Construction costs and other issues scuttled the restaurant's plans.

2. Creative Heights burger joint quietly shutters after more than a decade. Fans of Sticky Monkey burgers and Buffalo fries will have to drive to Pearland or Galveston to satisfy their cravings.

3. Longtime Houston fast casual restaurant darts into The Woodlands with fresh new location. The restaurant serves the same updated menu as the recently-renovated River Oaks location.

4. Thriving drive-thru salad restaurant freshens up Houston with first outpost and more on the way. The Arizona-based restaurant's first three Houston-area locations are opening this month.

5. Towering downtown skyscraper and former headquarters for oil giant set for new high-rise apartment conversion. At the time of its opening, the building was considered the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

'80s heartthrob Bryan Adams heads to Houston with Jett-setting rock icon for 2023 tour stop

Summer of '23

Canadian singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, who's been entertaining audiences on stage and screen for four decades, is coming to the Houston area — and he's bringing along a very special guest. Adams is teaming up with rock 'n' roll icons Joan Jett and the Blackhearts for his "So Happy It Hurts Tour," stopping at Sugar Land's Smart Financial Centre on June 28.

The U.S. tour kicks off on June 6 in Baltimore, Maryland, and ends August 3 with a show in Seattle. He'll visit just two Texas cities - Fort Worth and Sugar Land, outside Houston, for a show at Smart Financial Centre on June 28.Fort Worth on June 29, 2023.

Adams is touring in support of his 15th studio album, So Happy It Hurts, which was released March 11, 2022 via BMG. The album is nominated for Best Rock Performance at the upcoming 2023 Grammy awards, taking place Sunday, February 5.

Adams also is riding the wave as the lyricist for Pretty Woman – The Musical, the Broadway musical based on the famed Julia Roberts-Richard Gere rom-com. The touring musical draw huge crowds when it recently stopped in Houston for a limited run.

Barrier-breaking rock 'n' roll badass Joan Jett is known for Top 40 hits such as "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," "I Hate Myself For Loving You," and "Crimson and Clover." Joan Jett and the Blackhearts toured last year with Def Leppard, Motley Crue, and Poison. Bad Reputation, a 2018 documentary about Jett's life, is now streaming.

Tickets for the "So Happy It Hurts Tour" go on sale at 12 pm Friday, February 3 via ticketmaster.com.

Beyoncé adds second Houston date to highly anticipated world tour due to massive surge in ticket demand

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Houston Beyoncé fans, rejoice: Queen Bey has added another show to her just-announced Renaissance World Tour.

As CultureMap previously reported, Beyoncé is returning to her hometown in a show originally planned for September 23 at NRG Stadium. Now, due to surge in ticket demand, a second show at NRG has been added for the following day on September 24.

This comes as tour organizers have added seven new dates to the North American leg of the tour, based on Beyhive buzz.

According to LiveNation, fan demand for Beyoncé's Renaissance World Tour now exceeds the number of available tickets by more than 800 percent, based on current registration numbers in the Group A cities.

Even with these added dates, LiveNation expects a majority of interested fans "will not be able to get tickets because demand drastically exceeds supply," per a press announcement.

Beyhive fans who miss the second Houston show can try to catch Bey in Dallas two days prior to the Houston show, where she'll play AT&T Stadium on September 21.

Ticketing for the world tour dates go on sale Monday, February 6. BeyHive members will enjoy an exclusive presale, while other fans can register now with Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan technology here. Those interested can score tickets, schedules, and more information at beyonce.livenation.com and tour.beyonce.com.

Note to jet-setting Houstonians: The queen kicks off her world tour on May 10 in Stockholm, Sweden at the Friends Arena. She'll dot Europe with big stadium shows through June 27, where she'll play Warsaw, Poland.

Her North American tour starts July 8 in Canada, where she'll play Toronto's Rogers Centre. Beyoncé will trek the U.S. through the summer and into September; her Dallas and Houston shows are the sole Texas performances.

In a bit of a head scratcher, the Houston native will end her tour in New Orleans (Caesars Superdome) on September 27.

The world tour comes as Beyoncé is awash in Grammy glow: in November, she was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, tying her with her husband (neé Shawn Corey Carter) for the most nominations in Grammy history. Critics and fans have lauded Renaissance, her first solo work since the wildly popular and deeply personal 2016 effort, Lemonade — even through its minor controversy.

Here is the entire world tour schedule:

Europe

May 10, 2023 – Stockholm, SE – Friends Arena

May 14, 2023 – Brussels, BE – King Baudouin Stadium

May 17, 2023 – Cardiff, UK – Cardiff Principality Stadium

May 20, 2023 – Edinburgh, UK – BT Murray Field Stadium

May 23, 2023 – Sunderland, UK – Stadium of Light

May 26, 2023 – Paris, FR – Stade de France

May 29, 2023 – London, UK – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

May 30, 2023 – London, UK – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

June 08, 2023 – Barcelona, ES – Olympic Stadium

June 11, 2023 – Marseille, FR – Orange Velodrome

June 15, 2023 – Cologne, DE – Rhein Energie Stadion

June 17, 2023 – Amsterdam, NL – Johan Crujff Arena

June 21, 2023 – Hamburg, DE – Volksparkstadion

June 24, 2023 – Frankfurt, DE – Deutsche Bank Park

June 27, 2023 – Warsaw, PL – PGE Narodowy

North America

July 8, 2023 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre

July 12, 2023 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field

July 15, 2023 – Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium

July 17, 2023 – Louisville, KY – L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium

July 20, 2023 – Minneapolis, MN – Huntington Bank Stadium

July 22, 2023 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field Stadium

July 26, 2023 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field

July 29, 2023 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium

Aug. 01, 2023 – Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium

Aug. 03, 2023 – Pittsburgh, PA – Acrisure Stadium

Aug. 05, 2023 – Washington, DC – FedEx Field

Aug. 09, 2023 – Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium

Aug. 11, 2023 – Atlanta, GA – Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Aug. 16, 2023 – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium

Aug. 18, 2023 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium

Aug. 21, 2023 – St. Louis, MO – Dome at America's Center

Aug. 24, 2023 – Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium

Aug. 26, 2023 – Las Vegas, NV – Allegiant Stadium

Aug. 30, 2023 – San Francisco, CA – Levi’s Stadium

Sept. 02, 2023 – Inglewood, CA – SoFi Stadium

Sept. 11, 2023 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place

Sept. 13, 2023 – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field

Sept. 18, 2023 – Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium

Sept. 21, 2023 – Dallas – AT&T Stadium

Sept. 23, 2023 – Houston – NRG Stadium

Sept. 24, 2023 – Houston – NRG Stadium

Sept. 27, 2023 – New Orleans – Caesars Superdome

As always, Beyoncé will create activations, programs, and giveaways via BeyGOOD, the foundation she created in 2013.